VikiBuilder: End-user specification and generation of visual wikis

Christian Hirsch, John Hosking, John Grundy

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With the need to make sense out of large and constantly growing information spaces, tools to support information management are becoming increasingly valuable. In prior work we proposed the "Visual Wiki" concept to describe and implement web-based information management applications. By focusing on the integration of two promising approaches, visualizations and collaboration tools, our Visual Wiki work explored synergies and demonstrated the value of the concept. Building on this, we introduce "VikiBuilder" , a Visual Wiki meta-tool, which provides end-user supported modeling and automatic generation of Visual Wiki instances. We describe the design and implementation of the VikiBuilder including its architecture, a domain specific visual language for modeling Visual Wikis, and automatic generation of those. To demonstrate the utility of the tool, we have used it to construct a variety of different Visual Wikis. We describe the construction of Visual Wikis and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of our meta-tool approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASE'10 - Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventAutomated Software Engineering Conference 2010 - Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: 20 Sept 201024 Sept 2010
Conference number: 25th (Proceedings)


ConferenceAutomated Software Engineering Conference 2010
Abbreviated titleASE 2010
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  • Code generation
  • Domain specific visual language
  • Knowledge management
  • Modeling
  • Visual wiki
  • Visualization

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